You have to watch out for pitchers - some of them seem incapable of looking out for themselves.
Baltimore right-hander Brad Bergesen, one of the Orioles young starters, will miss at least the first 10 days of spring training because of a tender right shoulder.
How'd he hurt it? Filming a team commercial that had him throwing from a mound before he was ready to throw from a mound. Oops.
Back in the days covering the Angels, right-hander Dave Goltz signed a lucrative contract, then scalded his right hand barbequing. And that wasn't it. Goltz later went into a bathroom stall before a start in Fenway Park and sliced his fingers on the toilet paper holder.
Yes, he went on the disabled list.
Detroit's last 30-game winner, Denny McClain, once showed up unable to pitch because of toes he said he'd dislocated in bed. Adam Eaton stabbed himself with a knife he was using to try to open a new DVD.
Rich Gossage hurt his back sneezing and went on the DL. San Francisco's Greg Minton drove a nail through his pitching hand while trying to shoe a horse.
When he was with the Twins, former Mariner Terry Mulholland scratched his eye when he was stabbed by a feather protruding from his pillow.
Atlanta Braves teammates insist John Smoltz burned himself ironing a shirt while wearing it. Nolan Ryan swears he once missed a start after a coyote bit him.
Rangers reliever Greg Harris inflamed his wrist sitting in the bullpen and flicking sunflower seeds at a teammate throughout a game. Rich Harden once strained his shoulder reaching to turn off an alarm clock. David Cone missed a start early in his career after his mother-in-law's dog bit him.
Kerry Wood injured his back when he slipped in his hot tub. Mike Harkey hurt a knee doing a pre-game cartwheel at Wrigley Field. Another ex-Mariner, lefty Steve Trout, landed on the DL when he fell off a bike. An excercise bike.
Montreal's Carlos Perez's nose was broken in a traffic accident - when he crashed trying to pass the team bus. Dennis Martinez hurt his arm throwing luggage into the back of a team truck.
Hall of Famer Lefty Gomez, meaning to kick dirt from his spikes, kicked himself in the ankle instead and had to be be assisted off the field. Reds pitcher Steve Foster appeared on 'The Tonight Show' to demonstrate control, threw a ball at some milk bottles and missed four months of the season.
All of a sudden, Erik Bedard's injuries don't seem so weird, do they?
And now, a few links:
- For those who ask why Ichiro doesn't challenge walls, here's Torii Hunter talking about why he won't be hitting them after needing a sports hernia operation. "I'm definitely going to try not to run into walls and make sure I'm out there on that field able to play every day."
- ESPN columnist Jim Caple weighs in on the Brewers erecting a statue of Bud Selig outside their ballpark - and suggests a bobble-head doll would be more apropriate.
- Scott Boras may have done it again. With the next highest offer for Johnny Damon a one-year, $4.5 million deal in Atlanta, Boras appears to have pulled a two-year, $14 million offer from Detroit.
- Now that Frank Thomas has retired, former White Sox batting coach Walt Hriniak says Thomas was the best all-around hitter he ever saw.
- In what may be the first must-see TV clip of the spring, the Richmond Flying Squirrels have introduced their new mascot, Nutzy.
- John Hickey takes a look at the players who aren't stars but could be difference makers for each team in the American League - and four are ex-Mariners.